|Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life - TED.com|
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep. Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; literature; music; performance; poetry; TED2010; 2010
|Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind - TED.com|
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of boo
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; culture; entertainment; literature; TED2013; 2013
|Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. - TED.com|
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; humor; literature; TED2012; 2012
|Chris Bliss: Comedy is translation - TED.com|
Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; communication; entertainment; humor; language; literature; 2011
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|C.K. Williams' poetry of youth and age - TED.com|
Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2001; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; literature; poetry; society; storytelling; 2001
|Chris Abani on the stories of Africa - TED.com|
In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; global issues; literature; poetry; politics; storytelling; 2007
|Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences - TED.com|
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; entertainment; history; literature; poetry; writing; 2004
|Ben Dunlap talks about a passionate life - TED.com|
Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; culture; education; entertainment; library; literature; race; storytelling; TED2007; 2007
|Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy - TED.com|
What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; culture; literature; love; relationships; sex; writing; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history - TED.com|
What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; language; literature; math; science; TED2012; 2012
|Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction - TED.com|
In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of creative experimentation in fiction and storytelling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; literature; social media; storytelling; technology; writing; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Helen Fisher studies the brain in love - TED.com|
Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; cognitive science; culture; literature; love; poetry; psychology; relationships; science; technology; women; TED2008; 2008